If you want to watch U.S. ski jumpers compete against international jumping teams on a 70-meter hill, then mark your calendars for the upcoming 108th annual Norge International Ski Jumping Tournament in Fox River Grove.
The tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Norge Ski Club, 100 Ski Hill Road, three-quarters of a mile north of routes 14 and 22 in Fox River Grove.
The gates open at 11 a.m. and the festivities also include a junior competition and junior national championship qualifier K70, which will be held that Saturday. The K70 U.S. Cup Five Hills Tournament and the Long-Standing Competition are that Sunday.
These events are always so much fun, and family friendly, too. There will be brats, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, as well as soda and alcoholic beverage. Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Dogs are not allowed.
There is free parking. A free shuttle bus for spectators will be available on Sunday only from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shuttle bus stops will be at the Stonehill Shopping Center parking lot, on Northwest Highway and Route 22, and the Fox River Grove Metra Train Station, 4015 N. Northwest Hwy.
Buttons are required for admission and good both days. Purchase buttons from local merchants by Friday, Jan. 25 for $10 each.
You can buy buttons online for $11 at www.norgeskiclub.com. You can also buy a button at the gate for $15 each. Admission is free for children, 12 and younger.
The Norge Ski Club is the oldest, continuously open ski club in the United States. The club was started in 1905 by a group of Norwegian men. For more information, call (847) 639-9718, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.norgeskiclub.com.
Pancake fundraiser: The Allegiance Youth Color Guard of Dundee will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Tri-City Evergreen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2298, 117 S. First St., West Dundee.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each and children 3 and younger can eat for free. Raffle tickets for door prizes and bake sale items will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will help defray the cost of new uniforms and flags for the group's upcoming competition season. For information, call (847) 409-4182 or email
email@example.com, or visit www.allegianceyouth.org.
Need a winter coat? This week, the biting cold finally made it feel like winter and sent many reaching for their heavy winter coats.
But if you're in need of a winter coat, the Grafton Township supervisor's office has got you covered. There, you can find gently used winter coats and they're available for anyone in need. There are also many hats, scarves, gloves and mittens.
If you know anyone who needs a winter coat and winter accessories, stop by the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. The office is located in Huntley at 10109 Vine Street.
• Lenore Adkins covers Algonquin, Huntley, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Cary, Fox River Grove, Hampshire and Sleepy Hollow. To reach her, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 608-2725.